Pulled In Many Directions

Not-so-daily rambings about my life and my thoughts

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Musings of the Drunken Variety

I posted at 4 cause I am still up because it's my vacation time and I went out with my roommate and a couple of her friends tonight, and I wound up talking to my roommate about the guy I had told you about before. She is of the supposition that if anything is going to happen then it will be up to me, as in the guy would be completely passive (as in not make any sort of move, not show any interest of his own) unless I do so first.

Well, I hope that isn't true, cause that goes against everything that book I read told me. Plus, I admit it. It'd be nice for a guy who is interested in me (supposedly) to show me he is.

So once again, I just have to say, "We'll see what happens."

The Dentist

I went in, and the dentist told me that I had a small hole forming in one of my back teeth. I was OK with that news as I had felt something back there for the longest time. (Not the hole, but a definite difference, a sensitivity that I had not felt with any of my teeth before.)

Then the dentist told me he needed to drill.

I braced myself and asked if he would use Novocaine.

And then he said "No."

And I was about to say "OK, thanks for your time, see you later." But he told me it was a very superficial hole and he would only drill for like 10 seconds and then be done. So, with a lot of hesitation, I said OK.

So here ends my cavity-less streak at the age of 28. (Not bad,I suppose.) I leave you to wonder for yourself just how much of a stoic person I am.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Ducking In Again

Oh yeah, and tomorrow will be like the first time in roughly 4 years that I have my teeth looked at by a dentist. I am such a wuss when it comes to doctors, and if anything more than a routine cleaning is needed, I know I'm not going to be too happy. The dentists in Korea seemed rather scary, with their Flinstone-like equipment and the need for patients to specify that yes, they would like Novocaine before having a tooth filled. I hope they aren't here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005


Noth that it wasn't anything exciting, but I had just submitted an entry to be posted, and the server hiccuped and everything was lost.

So, last post in a nutshell: Roommate is out. I am not. Am battling feelings of guilt for not enjoying alone time so much. (Am still a little sick and that's why I'm not out. Second hand smoke and coughs don't mix well.)

Bought a pack of Skittles and am wondering when the green one's flavor changed from lime to apple. I want to know who I can talk to to get the flavor changed back. (It's been three years since I have had Skittles.)

Also...is it a crime to like the Kelly Clarkson song "Since U Been Gone" when I am not in junior high school?

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Feeling Better!

Not feeling so much like a phlegm-wad any more. Cool.

My roommate wants to hit all the touristy spots that we missed last time around on this vacation. I know I need to take care of some errands like get new glasses, maybe go to a dentist and get a haircut as well. Seeing how rainy this week should be (perfect timing for our vacation), we'll have to see just what we can accomplish.

I am very interested in seeing the Big Buddha on Lantau and Macau, so I hope the weather holds up for that.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Cough Cough Cough (Ad nauseum)

All I can say is that I am sick of being sick. I feel so much better than I did Monday, but I am so tired of this cough that will not let go of me. It hurts. I wish I could just play a tape recording of me coughing instead of actually going through with it. I just sound really awful half the time. And I've actually pulled some muscle in my arm from coughing so violently. Talk about adding an insult to injury.

The Hong Kong Chinese apparently swear by this mixture of boiling hot Coca-Cola, grated ginger and lemon, to be drunk as a cold remedy. I think you would have to *be* drunk to try that...it sounds awful, but I may get to the point where I will just as soon try anything than hack any more. For now, I'm trying tea and lots of it.

My school has suggested that maybe I should start wearing a mask, but as I already know that I should be extra vigilant in washing my hands and know to not cough out into the open air, I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that one. I mean what do I do with it? Cover the mask with my hand when I cough? That just looks dumb and what's the point of the mask then ? Cough into the thing? That doesn't sound very hygienic in the least -- I don't like the thought of germs (and phlegm...yick) being that close to my mouth. I really hope I'll be better after vacation...probably just in time to be sick again.

I met the guy I had mentioned earlier for lunch on Thursday before he took off for his vacation to Europe. It went all right, and we'll probably meet up again when he comes back. I just hope I won't be coughing at that point.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

An Interesting Development

About maybe three or so weeks ago I met a guy at this bar I frequent on Fridays and we started chatting. My roommate, whom I was with, was chatting with the others we hang out with, and came over to us every now and again to see how we were and just to join in the conversation before going back to her original spot a few seats over.

Well, unbeknownst to me, the fact that I got this guy to talk to me for that night was a monumental big deal, as in he never speaks that much, he rarely smiles...so that he was doing both while talking to me must mean we were meant to be together. This is coming from a man in his 40s, by the way. He told me later "he talked more that night with you than I have ever seen him talk in the 3 and a half years I have worked with him."

So now there's this gossip going around (though none of it bad -- it just kind of reminds me of middle school) about us and what's going on, blah blah blah. I'm not really sure what to think of this really, cause it seems most of the teasing seems to be about how much *I* like *him* and I wonder where this is coming from.

My roommate went out Friday night and met him and a bunch of others while I stayed home trying to fight off this cold that is coming on and in the midst of other interesting developments (which belong more in my roommate's blog if she has one rather than my own.) she told me in her post mortem that the guy said to her I could have him anytime I wanted, though she added the disclaimer that she didn't know how much he had been drinking at that point. Heh.

So I am not really sure what to do about this, and with this information. It would certainly be a smart move to get to know the guy as a person first. And I would really like to sort out myself how I feel about the guy first and foremost. I really am in no rush to jump into anything.

I just hate this whole fishbowl effect that my well-meaning friends have created. Strangely enough, while I don't mind posting my thoughts about my life on a blog the entire world can see, I do believe my private life should be that when it comes to people I know and interact with on a daily face-to-face basis. So in the real world, I feel almost like my every move with this guy will be well-documented and commented and annotated for posterity's sake and that is a bit unnerving to say the least.

Friday, March 18, 2005

My First Month...

I'm home sick today. (Kind of a given occupational hazard when working with kids who are constantly coughing openly and sticking their fingers in their mouth or nose and then touching everyone and everything in sight.)

It's so funny...when I was in Korea I was such a night owl. Now I am going to bed around 1030 every night. The kids are great to be around, for the most part. I'm working with 4 year olds which mean they are old enough to be toilet trained and to understand their mom or dad or nanny will be back to pick them up in a matter of hours. They aren't too old to want a hug or to hold my hand though, and I think that's nice. Already, I'm working at another site for only about an hour, but I guess that's long enough for some of my students to miss me. When I go into the classroom, some rush over to me, wanting to sit on my lap.

I'm just amazed at the amount of planning and work that actually goes into a kindergarten. I have to have them do their workbooks after I am sure they understand the concept. I have to plan an art activity....and that's just hilarious as I have no art skills whatsoever. And I have to think of some activity, usually related to math or science that the kids can do on their own. Plus music and physical play. And all of this ideally is intertwined and works off each other. And then there's controlling or at least keeping track of 15 4 year old gas molecules. No wonder I want to crawl into bed when I get home most days.

Anyways, we're moving on up in the world. We just got cable and Internet last night. I left the TV on some Portugese station before I started typing so am going to sign off for now and see what else is on.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Hello Again...

I couldn't resist any longer. There's no one waiting for the computer here so I figured I can afford a few minutes to say I am adjusting to Hong Kong life fairly well, and I got paid yesterday so I'm starting to rebuild my life here. The children I teach are really sweet (for the most part...and will have stories later) but already I feel overwhelmed by the amount of work I have to do to make sure my classes are well prepared for. And with it being kindy, a lot of it is repetitive cutting and gluing on my part. While it can get a bit mind-numbing, how bad can a job be when cutting, gluing and pasting is part of your job requirement? :)

I *have* heard stories about my employer and how little sense the management routinely makes, so I'm both feeling a bit wary and a sense of anticipation. Wary cause God only knows what sort of things the teachers will be asked to do, based on other teachers past experiences with the management, but also anticipating the stories that will come from it as anything not killing me will make me stronger or at least give me fodder for a good story.

I want to tell you all about the people I have met who so far seem to be cool. I'm going to try my damndest to limit my time on the computer (especially what with all the planning I have to do) but once I get set up at home I'll update more regularly, but also probably more succinctly.

Till next time!